Research Services

Afghanistan Research Services, a division of AHG, has conducted quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research for national, international, and public and private clients including MOHE (HEDP), MOE (ASDPII), MRRD, the USAID, UNODC, GIZ the Counterpart International, MTN and HARAKAT.

Our Research Capabilities

Afghanistan Research Services, a division of AHG, has conducted quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research for national, international, and public and private clients including MOHE (HEDP), MOE (ASDPII), MRRD, the USAID, UNODC, GIZ the Counterpart International, MTN and HARAKAT. Our Research Team is composed of Afghan researchers, complemented by international experts, who have an in-depth understanding of, and experience with, Afghanistan’s specific challenges. Our key personnel include some of the most qualified, and respected professionals within Afghanistan. Our team members have over a decade of experience in Afghanistan and in survey research, and have a proven track record of managing and designing complex surveys within the context of Afghanistan.

AHG combines research specialists, trained enumerators, and cutting-edge technology to ensure accurate, timely, and reliable data collection and analysis. A smart and synergetic marriage of educated local Afghan field staff, combined with Smartphone-Assisted Personal Interviewing (SAPI) or Tablet-Assisted Personal Interviewing (TAPI) allows us to provide reliable, accurate, and timely data.

We understand the challenges associated with obtaining nationally representative samples in Afghanistan due to lack of a national sampling frame and lack of physical addresses. In order to mitigate this challenge, we treat each survey separately and develop sampling designs to meet the specific requirements of each survey. For probability sample designs we rely on the most updated national data from Afghanistan’s Central Statistics Office (CSO). We are also the first company to use randomized geospatial sampling using area frames in Afghanistan as an alternative to sampling designs based on population-based sampling frames.

Our company operates on ethical business practices and in a transparent manner. AHG also holds the Trace Anti-Bribery Vetting Certification and is an inaugural member of Business Integrity Network Afghanistan (BINA). AHG is also an ISO 9001:2015 certified company for process quality. AHG is fully compliant with all laws of the United Nations, the government of Afghanistan, the World Bank, and the FAR regulations of the US Govt. It is the fact that our company repeatedly has contract re-awards and/or extensions that can be attributed directly to the quality of service we provide.

AHG’s employees are highly qualified Afghans, with educational backgrounds that include graduate, post-graduate and tertiary professional certifications. Our management brings decades of experience managing projects for both the public and private sectors in Afghanistan. Our team has expertise in areas of research design, financial management, technological solutions, policy analysis and complex operations. We call on an additional pool of 1,500 short-term consultants across all 34 provinces for project specific support. Our operations are made possible by a team of dedicated support staff.


Afghanistan Holding Group “AHG” is a pioneer in technology solutions in Afghanistan. One of our initiatives is HesabCollect – a digital data collection solution. The solution is architected, developed and deployed by young Afghan developers.

HesabCollect is a data collection & data verification solution run on Android & iOS. It is a solution similar to ODK Collect but having many features that the ODK Collect lacks. Scanning of finger prints is one of those.

HesabCollect collects the data and provides valuable insights into the data via reports and graphs. It is capable to collect in multiple forms including but not limited to text, GPS coordinates, fingers print, photos, QR & Bar Codes, timestamps, and has the capability of integrating many systems. The data collected on HesabCollect will be transmitted to a centralized server over 2G/3G/4G network.

HesabCollect is currently used by the Afghanistan Government, Mobile Telecom Networks and Financial Service Providers for data collection & verification, and cash withdrawals.

The data transmitted via the application for government employee profile includes 1) detailed employee profile information, 2) fingers print, 3) scanned ID and 4) photo. The data size is over 4MBs & transmitted over 3G/4G/2G data network to a centralized database residing on a server in Kabul, and on cloud.

The data collected is then checked for quality by supervisors at main office using a HesabCollect web portal/interface where the rejected data is referred back to the relevant field agent via the app, and those approved are stored on the database.



Past Experience - Summary

AHG was previously contracted by HEDP to conduct the TPV. AHG successfully conducted the TPV in 2019. The final report was approved by HEDP Management and the World Bank office in Kabul. 

Project Title

Description of



Third Party Verification of DLIs (Disbursement Linked Indicators)

AHG verified and validated the completion of six DLI activities for the ministry of Education implemented in the year 2018 by the Afghanistan Second Skills Development Project /TVET Authority. 

Ministry of Education (MoE) ASDP II

Third Party Verification of DLIs (Disbursement Linked Indicators)

AHG validated and verified three DLIs implemented in the year 2018 by the ministry of higher education, HEDP project. 

Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) HEDP

CSSP Evaluation 

The survey of prison facilities in Kabul and provinces including quantitative and qualitative data collection (through surveys, interviews and focus group discussions) on a number of indicators on the quality of services, inmate treatment and facility management. 


Kyle Andrews 

Senior Research Manager


Midterm Review of Sustainable Economic Development and Employment Promotion (SEDEP) Field of Action I

The objective of this project was to conduct a midline study of the SEDEP project to measure the impact of supporting value chains on income and employment in the six targeted provinces based on the three module and three output indicators. This included administering a survey to a sample of more than 2,186 beneficiaries of four key groups: input suppliers, producers, processors and traders. 


Mohammad Rezaee

M&E Officer

+93 (0) 789106655

Project to Prevent Child Labor in Home-Based Carpet Production in Afghanistan

The project is an independent midterm evaluation with a qualitative approach. The overall purpose of this midterm evaluation is to conduct an independent assessment of the progress to-date against project objectives and indicator targets that might allow the key stakeholders to determine whether the project is on track to achieve the stated objectives and outputs. 

US Department of Labor

Evaluation and Monitoring

Midterm Review of Sustainable Economic Development and Employment Promotion (SEDEP) Field of Action II

This study assessed the impact of building small-scale infrastructure (water and storage projects) on income and employment in three provinces in northern Afghanistan. AHG surveyed 465 respondents across four categories (input suppliers, producers, processors, and traders) and five value chains (Nuts, Dairy, Poultry, Vegetables, and Wheat). 


Murtaza Ahmady

Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator

Mortgage Market Assessment

A household survey administered to a representative sample of 1959 households, selected through a random geo-spatial sampling strategy, in the five urban centers.


Chance Zilinga

Monitoring and Evaluation Three Year Strategy Development and Capacity Building for NAPWA

The goal of this project was to develop a three-year monitoring and evaluation strategy and build capacity of seven line ministries for implementation of the National Action Plan for Women of Afghanistan. As a result, the following four strategies were developed: (a) System Development, (b) Capacity Development, (c) Mainstreaming, and (d) Advocacy and Fund-Raising; and trainings were provided to all line ministries on Result Based M&E. 


Kazem Shakib,

Data Management Analyst 

+93 (0) 729046442

Survey of Startups

Preliminary analysis of Badakhshan’s economy to identify sectors that hold the greatest promise for economic growth and equitable wealth creation


Samir Sahil

MBA-Corps Management Services

In the MBA-Corps Management Services Program, Afghanistan Holding Group, with assistance of DAI-WIE, placed 20 MBA graduates in 20 businesses either owned by a woman or the workforce of which comprises of 10% women. AHG constantly provides the MBA graduates with quality mentorship and training to meet the needs of the host businesses.


USAID Promote – DAI – Women in Economy



Collective – Women Entrepreneurs

In the Collective – Women Entrepreneurs Program, AHG is hiring 20 enthusiastic female entrepreneurs with potential to successfully lead 20 businesses. AHG constantly provides them with training and mentorship on how to start, run, and make a business profitable. The project will result in 20 startups which will have a great potential for growth and a female leader with great initiatives.

USAID Promote – DAI – Women in Economy


Equal Access to Education for Kuchi Children Project –Baseline

A baseline study aimed at describing the situation of education for Kuchi children prior to intervention.


Bharat Nayak

Education Advisor

Afghanistan Civil Engagement Program (ACEP)

Support to Civil Society Organizations in conducting Research for Advocacy.


Lailee Rahimi

Director of Civil Society Strengthening


A quasi-experimental survey design aimed at collecting comparative data of treatment and control districts to measure the impact of the Regional Agricultural Development Program –West.


Eric Howell

Senior Vice-President – Afghanistan Region

International Alert

The objective was to look at the issue of drug trafficking and organized crime through a peacebuilding lens to understand how those concerned with keeping the social peace can learn from the broader field of peacebuilding

International Alert

Rabia Nusrat


Cash Grant Evaluation 

To investigate and evaluate the impact of repatriation grant paid to Afghan refugees upon their return to Afghanistan under the UNHCR’s voluntary repatriation program.



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